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Last-Gasp Ronaldo Penalty Gives Real Victory Over Juventus

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Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid from a shock Champions League exit as his injury-time penalty allowed the holders to edge out Juventus in the most dramatic of quarter-finals on Wednesday, taking them through despite a 3-1 defeat.

And the home crowd were really anxious when Mandzukic made it 2-0 eight minutes before half-time, with another back-post header, this time from a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross.

After Barcelona let a 4-1 first-leg lead slip away to Roma on Tuesday to crash out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion, Real Madrid nearly followed them with an even worse capitulation on Wednesday.

Zinedine Zidane made two changes to the side that won 3-0 in the first leg, with Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema making way in the starting line up for both Jesus Vallejo and Gareth Bale to come into the team.

We still can't quite believe Roma managed to overturn their first-leg deficit in yesterday's Champions League clash against Barcelona.

"His goal against Juventus was one of the most handsome in football history, a wonderful goal by the best player in the world".

Bayern and Sevilla played to a goalless draw in their second leg- quarter-final with the Germans advancing 2-1 on aggregate to join Liverpool and Roma in Friday's semi-final draw.

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The last match in the Frenchman's glorious career, of course, saw him sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, the game which saw Italy win a penalty shootout thanks to a certain goalkeeper called Buffon.

The draw keeps Atletico four points clear of Real, and favourites for second place in La Liga, but Ronaldo going off early in a Madrid derby, without any protest, is a measure of how the Champions League is now all-encompassing for Los Blancos. "Our aim for the game will be to play a great game and cancel the undeserved 3-0 of the first game".

Real conceded the opener after just 76 seconds, the fastest they have ever conceded at home in the Champions League.

Zinedine Zidane's side would have to learn a lesson from how they allowed Juventus to almost pull off such a dramatic comeback, Ronaldo admitted. "We have to be stronger than these things and let them fortify us".

Juve's substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came on but Ronaldo blasted into the top corner in the 98th minute to score for the 10th game running in this season's competition, sending Real into the semi-finals for a record-extending eighth year in a row.

It's hard to imagine them scoring three goals without their most risky attacker in the side.

"I feel bad for the lads, who did well in Turin for 60 minutes and didn't score the goals they did tonight".

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